ABOUT GEOFF MCKIM
Geoff has lived in Monroe County for almost 35 years and has a deep love of the community and its diversity. He moved to Bloomington to attend Indiana University, and found it impossible to leave. Today he works in cybersecurity for the National Park Service, and lives in eastern Monroe County with his wife Amy, and kids Grayson and Tessa.
Geoff has represented the residents of the County on the Monroe County Council for 11 years. During that time, he is proud to have worked with his colleagues on a number of critical initiatives which include:
Funding and supporting alternatives to incarceration
Leading the creation of a Crisis Diversion Center which provides law enforcement with a place to divert people experiencing mental health crises out of the Emergency Room and the County Corrections Center
Prioritizing services for youth and families by providing funding for pro-active approaches that have eliminated the need for juvenile detention
Supporting the development of new County trails, including the Karst Farm Greenway, the Limestone Greenway, connecting the City of Bloomington, Monroe County westside amenities, and the Town of Ellettsville
Passing balanced budgets with healthy fund balances and building up robust fiscal reserves
Working collaboratively across party lines and among the many different county elected officials and department heads to effectively serve county residents
He also serves on the Monroe County Plan Commission, the board of the Northern Monroe Fire Territory, the City of Bloomington Economic Development Commission, the board of Centerstone of Indiana, and is a member of the Bloomington Rotary Club. He is an adjunct instructor for the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and is a sought-after speaker to community groups about local government. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and aerial photography and talking to constituents about their concerns.
Use tools like a new zoning code, housing TIF, and investment in infrastructure to create more affordable housing. Support environmentally resilient and appropriate development.
Use economic development tools and infrastructure to encourage creation and retention of high-wage jobs. Encourage expanded broadband access throughout Monroe County. Invest in public transit to allow people of all incomes and abilities to fully participate in community life.
MORE HUMANE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Invest in treatment rather than incarceration, including the new Crisis Diversion Center. Eliminate the dependence of the justice system on user fees. Fund increased mental health and addictions treatment in and out of the jail.
EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Continue to pass balanced budgets and maintain robust fiscal reserves while increasing the wages of county employees to better recruit and retain the best talent. Support our boards and commissions to increase community participation. Fund innovation in county government and more effective and accessible services to residents.
ABOUT THE COUNTY COUNCIL
The Monroe County Council is the County's fiscal body, which means that it has the responsibility for appropriating funding for all county government functions. It is also responsible for setting salaries for county jobs, bonding on behalf of the county, and economic development incentives. In short -- it is responsible for ensuring a fiscally sustainable Monroe County Government.
There are seven members who serve on the Council -- 4 are district-based, and 3 are at-large. The 3 at-large members are up for re-election this year.